Wednesday, November 14, 2012

As the holidays approach, be aware of your fast food splurges

The holidays are quickly approaching. As many of us expect to take in quite a few calories from holiday parties and gatherings, it becomes especially important to be cognizant of what we eat before we get to those parties. Lack of time and high stress often leads to an increase in fast food intake during the season. This week, enjoy a guest blog by Kelly White MS, RD, CSSD, LD, who will test your fast food nutrition knowledge to help you prepare and stay on track during the next couple of months! Kelly is a clinical, sports and wellness dietitian. Feel free to contact her directly at
Be Extraordinary,
Eating out can be healthy, but one meal can also provide one half to all of your total calorie needs for the day.  Even if you are athletic and burn a lot of calories, some of these foods can STILL take up to ½ of your total calorie needs for the day.  Many foods listed below may seem like a decent choice (well, not that many of them), but you will be amazed at the total calorie amounts they provide!   If you are a very busy person, and eat out a lot, take advantage of the Apps on your phone, or use to look up food items in your favourite restaurants.   

Take this quiz to see how much you know about fast food meals and beverages!    Below you will see three categories:  Fast food, Ice Cream/Beverages, and Restaurants.  Which of the two choices has the most calories?
Fast Food
1.  Big Mac from McDonalds   vs.       Subway 12-inch Italian BMT sandwich
2. Burger King Chicken Club Salad with Tendercrisp Chicken   vs.      Burger King Bacon Cheeseburger
3. 2 McDonalds Quarter Pounders    vs.   Large McDonalds Chocolate Shake
4. Quiznos Chicken Bourbon Sandwich    vs.     Quiznos Classic Italian Sandwich
5. Taco Bell Taco Salad    vs.     Taco Bell Nacho Cheese Steak Gordita
Ice Cream/Beverages
1. Small Wendy’s Vanilla Frosty   vs. Small Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard
2. Starbucks Small Coffee Frappuccino vs. McDonald’s Medium Coke
3. Sonic Tropical Fruit Smoothie vs. Smoothie King Strawberry Smoothie
4. Coldstone Medium Chocolate Ice Cream vs. McDonalds Vanilla Ice Cream Cone
5. Starbucks Café Americano vs. Starbucks Medium Hot Chocolate with whipped cream
1. Ruby Tuesday’s Kids Meal Macaroni and Cheese  vs. Pizza Hut one slice of Thin n’ Crispy Pizza
2. Chili’s Cheese Fries  vs. Outback’s Bloomin Onion
3. Chili’s NY Strip Steak vs. Chili’s Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
4. Red Lobster's Cajun Chicken Linguini vs. Applebee's Chicken Wings (12 ct)
5. Applebee's Honey Grilled Salmon dinner vs. Chili's Chicken Caesar Pita
Come back next week to see the answers!

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